Norwich City vs Chelsea, English Premier League, Match day 28.
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, Tuesday, 1-March-2016
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich City host defending Premier League Champions Chelsea on Tuesday, with the hope of grabbing a vital home win in front of their home fans and perhaps stretch further away from the relegation zone.
Norwich City lost away to league leaders Leicester City on matchday 27 and they sit at 17th place in the Premier League Table with 24 points, same on point as 18th placed Newcastle United.
Chelsea came from behind to grab a vital away victory against an in-form Southampton side at St Mary’s Stadium on matchday 27 and they are still nurturing the hope of playing in Europe next season. They start this match at 11th position in the league table with 8 points gap between them Manchester United in 5th position.
Norwich City vs Chelsea: Form Comparison
Last Five Premier League Matches
Norwich City are running on a very poor form, they have only won 6 of their last 27 Premier League games. Norwich City are better at home compared to their away record as 4 out of their 6 victories have been at home. They have also collected 16 points at home better than 8 which they have away.
Chelsea seems to be cruising on a luxury drive of late as they are now unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games. The London Blues away record are poor compared to their home record as they have 16 points away compared to 20 they have at home and they have also won 5 games at home but only 4 away. The last time Chelsea lost a game was 2-1 loss away to Leicester City.
Norwich City: Team News
Gary O’Neil will be available for selection as he has served up his suspension, but still risks another suspension due to accumulation of four yellow cards.
Andre Wisdom is a certain to miss the clash against Chelsea due to a knee injury. While Sebastien Bassong and Wes Hoolahan have reportedly picked up knocks in training and remains a doubt. Jonathon Howson and Sebastien Bassong also faces the same risk as they both have 4 yellow cards accumulated.
Cameron Jerome’s place up front is in doubt following his disappointing show at Leicester in the weekend and Dieumerci Mbokani could start here.
Norwich City: Predicted line up (5-4-1)
Ruddy- Bennet, Klose, Brady, Martin, Pinto – Naismith, Howson, Tettey, Redmond – Mbokani.
Chelsea: Team News
The centre back duo of Kurt Zouma out on injury, while captain John Terry’s fitness could be closely assessed towards the last minutes for this match. Baba Rahman’s place in the starting eleven is a doubt after his poor show at Southampton and Kennedy who replaced the Ghana youngster at half time is a candidate to start here.
The new signing Pato is finally fit and could start off from the bench, while Pedro who was taken off after just 7 minutes against the Saints will miss the next three matches through injury.
John Mikel Obi, Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azplicueta all have accumulated 4 yellow cards and risks suspension if any more yellow card is given to them.
Chelsea: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Rahman, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azplicueta – Mikel, Fabregas – Hazard, Oscar, Pedro – Costa.
Norwich City vs Chelsea: Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 matches – Norwich City: 0 win, 1 Draw Chelsea: 4 wins
CHE 1:0 NOR (21-11-2015) EPL
CHE 0:0 NOR (04-05-2014) EPL
NOR 1:3 CHE (06-10-2013) EPL
NOR 0:1 CHE (26-12-2012) EPL
CHE 4:1 NOR (06-10-2012) EPL
Chelsea have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides and drawn 1. Chelsea were comfortable in their last game at Carrow Road against Norwich City, Chelsea have scored at least a goal in 4 of their last 5 games while Norwich has never scored more than 1 goal in each of their last 5 games.
Norwich City vs Chelsea: Prediction
Giving the good recent run form of Chelsea has in the Premier League and the domination they have over Norwich City, Chelsea will win this one comfortably and keep their European hopes alive.[interaction id=”56d38614ac5895475cca7c30″]